#VoteTOaks #thread in response to tweets by @mavanzuyle and @dvmmum re: Amy Chen/CVUSD ballot designation. 1/
Tricking uniformed voters with false representations of your experience through your ballot designation is something I find wholly deceitful and unethical. We experienced this in 2016 when Sandee Everett listed herself as a school counselor on her ballot designation. 2/
No one challenged this, and she was allowed to represent herself as such, despite having never worked as a school counselor. This year, candidates Angie Simpson and Amy Chen both took liberties with their ballot designations and both were challenged. 3/
Angie, who describes herself as a "thought leader liaison" on her social media, attempted to describe herself as a healthcare educator for her ballot. This was rejected, as she is a pharmaceutical sales rep. 4/
But let's talk about a much more egregious and deceitful ballot designation. Amy Chen's. One that wasn't directed, because when challenged, one individual confirmed that she was doing director work. So, let's examine. 5/
In June 2018, a statement of information was filed with the state for a nonprofit named, "Top Goal Education, Inc." On Amy Chen's candidate paperwork, she listed herself as an "educational nonprofit director" for Top Goal Education. 6/
On her candidate website, in its current form, she writes: "I am the founding director of a new nonprofit Top Goal Education, (established in early 2018) aimed at offering more programs to families lacking access to enrichment programs." 7/
*(I want to note that Amy Chen has changed the verbiage on her website THREE times regarding this. When her website was first launched, there was ZERO mention of this nonprofit anywhere on her website. 8/
Then, after an Acorn article was published mentioning Amy Chen's "job description" in connection to this mysterious nonprofit (a nonprofit with no EIN, no traceable income/expenses, no traceable services provided to students etc), Amy Chen updated her website to state that ... 9/
op Goal Education was a new fundraising arm of First Ave. Education — the Arcadia-based Chinese for-profit tutoring school of which Amy Chen lists herself as CFO. That has disappeared from her website, although the statement filed with the state uses the same address. 10/
What I find strange, is that First Ave. Education already has a nonprofit arm. Its nonprofit arm is called "First Avenue Education." What I learned, per Mary Anne Van Zuyle, is that the nonprofit profit arm reports zero income year after year ... 11/
and is being used by First Ave. Education to get nonprofit discounts on rent and postage. I believe this to be fraud. Am I mistaken? And Amy Chen is the CFO of this organization. 12/
Let's dive in a little deeper. John Wuo, the founder of First Ave. Education and First Avenue education (the nonprofit arm), is a former Arcadia City Councilman who has resigned amidst federal investigations over the virtual currency Gemcoin, which he promoted. 13/
There is currently a $32 million class action lawsuit against the company/pyramid scheme and Wuo, and officials have said that hundreds of Californians and thousands across the country were victimized by the company. 14/
I've been to two forums in which Amy Chen has participated in — Thrive Conejo's and the Tea Party's. In neither of these forums did she choose to mention Top Goal Education at all, in any context. 15/
In fact, she never mentioned her experience as an "educational nonprofit director." Instead she talks about her experience as a pharmacist. I wonder why, then, her ballot designation is not pharmacist? Amy Chen has linked herself to two nonprofits — ... 16/
neither of which are "real" nonprofits in the ways in which they operate. By all appearances, First Avenue Education exists solely for the for-profit First Ave. Education Chinese tutoring school to take advantage of nonprofit discounts. 17/
Top Goal Education, Inc. is a paperwork shell of a nonprofit. Neither of these nonprofits have produced any enrichment programs or services, or reported income or expenses, to my knowledge. 18/
I hope that this topic is, at the very least, addressed in future candidate forums in which Ms. Chen will be participating. Clear, transparent answers are needed. If there are simple answers that would clear up the confusion about Ms. Chen's role in them, ... 19/
Then, I look forward to her transparency and honesty in explaining to the community the purpose of these nonprofits and her specific experience tied to them. #VoteTOaks /END

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